Grey Dagger Moth

This moth gets its name from its unusual colouring – it is grey with black or dark dagger-shaped markings on its wings. The male is generally found to be paler than the female.

The Grey Dagger Moth is nocturnal, seen from June to August, and like most moths are attracted to light – and this one is also attracted to sugar. Common throughout most of the UK, less so in Scotland.

Caterpillars of this moth are black on top with a yellow stripe and red spots and also sport a horn behind its head – very distinctive!

The moth can often be confused with the Dark Dagger Moth, but not at the caterpillar stage, when they are very different.